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Life Update: July 22, 2017

Hello all! I don’t have too much to update you on as I am focused on moving into my own apartment. Our GoFundMe is still going, so if you could pretty please consider donating and sharing, I would greatly appreciate it. Sharing on any social media – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr – would be so amazing. Thank you!

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We have our first showing this Monday. Hopefully it will go well.

I started my new job this past week as well, and while it was mostly training at a different location, I am very excited about the job.

As far as reading goes, I haven’t been getting much reading done. I am currently reading two books – The Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende and Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole. However, I go most days without reading. So far this month I’ve only finished one little novella.

I’m hopeful next month will be better for lots of reasons!

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Life Update: June 10, 2017

I haven’t been around this past week, and I’ve made zero posts since my last life update. That’s all due to my mental health. I just haven’t felt like participating.

What have I been doing instead? Reading a bit (by listening to audiobooks), playing video games, and watching YouTube.

This past week I did get an in-person interview, and they said they’d let me know in a week. I hope I have a job the next time I do a life update post! That would be awesome.

At the end of the last post, I promised I would start a bullet journal, and I did!

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I found a cheap one at Michael’s that even has the dot graph. I also got a great collection of colorful pens. I’ve been updating my trackers and other things daily. Maybe in the future I’ll go into more detail on how I use it, but right now it’s brand new.

Another exciting thing that happened is the publisher sent me a copy of Hunger by Roxane Gay. This is one of my most anticipated books. I can’t wait to read it. It comes out on June 13 and I highly recommend you pick it up. I know it’s going to be awesome.

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I did go and see Wonder Woman in theaters and I adored it. I love superhero movies in general, but the last few Marvel movies haven’t been great to me. I’m getting bored with them. I feel like the DC movies are darker and grittier, and that’s what I like.

The audiobook I’ve been listening to almost nonstop is The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I finally finished it! You can read my immediate thoughts on Goodreads, but I ended up giving it three stars.

The next audiobook I’m going to focus on is Tears We Cannot Stop, and I’m also trying to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on ebook.

Life Update: June 3, 2017

Hello all! I hope you’re doing well. This past week has been a better one for me, at least regarding my mental health. I was feeling pretty good all week and didn’t even need any depression naps! I didn’t do much that can be listed here. I went most of the week without reading anything, but I did manage to film several videos. I also didn’t apply to many jobs, but I did have a phone interview. So it was a pretty average week.

One of my relatives gave me a graduation card with a gift card to the Olive Garden, a favorite restaurant of mine.

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a strawberry-mango frozen margarita

I’ve gotten some other cash, but no real big gifts. I wasn’t expecting any, either, since my family doesn’t have the money for that. With the money, though, I really want to purchase an expansion pack for The Sims 4. Right now, I just have the base game. There are so many expansion, game, and stuff packs for it, but I’m going to wait until they’re on sale. I love playing The Sims and listening to an audiobook or podcast.

Another game I’ve been playing a lot this week is Skyrim. I have a pretty big game library for my PS4 (about 15 games), but I like to just play one game at a time until I finish it. However, Skyrim is so huge that I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it. A friend told me they played it for 6 years!

I started a new writing project more than a week ago and I’ve failed to do anything with it again. I’ve also failed at walking everyday, or reading often enough, or generally feeling organized. That’s why I’m going to start a bullet journal this week. I have tons of empty notebooks. Unfortunately, they’re all lined, but all just have to deal with that. I also know nothing about starting a bullet journal, but I’ll learn. Hold me to this! If I can get organized, I can do more. I believe that.

I watched the entirety of season five of House of Cards. No spoilers here! I enjoyed the season just like I enjoy the show overall. However, I did feel like the pacing and editing got a bit messy in the second half of the season. It was distracting for me.

It seems like I usually end these posts with a reading update, so here it is now! I have finished two books since my last post. Woo! I talked about all the books I read in May in my wrap up post that went up the other day. Now, if you look at my Goodreads, I’m “currently reading” seven books. I need to finish some of these.

The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is on Overdrive, but it expired. So I have to wait until I can get it again. That one is at the forefront for me. As soon as I get it, I’ll be listening to it non-stop!

I also want to get a non-fiction book in before the end of June (and the end of my spring season), so I chose the audiobook of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson. I bought this one on Audible.

A third audiobook I started a while ago is The Two Towers. I struggle a bit with the LOTR books, but I would love to finish this series either this season or next season.

The oldest book on my currently reading is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There’s no reason I can’t get through that quickly. I’m reading it on my ereader.

I also have started both Gods Behaving Badly and No One Can Pronounce My Name. I haven’t gotten far in either of these, but I would like to finish them.

Finally, the next NetGalley book I chose to read is What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons. I have yet to start it.

Generally, I like to read three books at a time: an audiobook (either on Overdrive or Audible), an ebook/hard copy book on my TBR (meaning books I’ve bought), and a NetGalley book. Seven is way too many! Maybe by next week I’ll have gotten through a couple.

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a local beach I visited on a sunny day this past week

Currently Reading: May 21, 2017

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My reading doesn’t change much from week to week because I’m a slow reader. I’m hoping to pick up speed now that I’m done with college, but we’ll see what happens. In the future, I think I’ll make these posts every week or every other week.

Today I thought I’d briefly talk through all the books I’ve marked as currently reading on Goodreads.

First, I’ve been reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling on my ereader for months and months. It’s probably been over a year. I read a chapter here and there, and then put it down for a long time. I don’t know why I can’t just get it done with. I love Harry Potter! I started re-reading the entire series a while ago, and the re-read has taken ages. I’m not actively reading this one, but I hope to get back into it soon.

Similarly, I started listening to The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien months ago. I got almost 5 hours into it. You may know that I listened to The Fellowship of the Ring and didn’t enjoy it. I love the story, but the writing bores me. I’m having the same trouble with the second book, so I put it on pause and started listening to the Millennium series. I have to get back to it. I own this audiobook on Audible.

I was feeling a bit slumpy when I picked up Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips on ebook. I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time, and it was interesting right away. I’m not sure why I’ve put it down. I think my attitude towards ebooks changes every few months. Sometimes I’m really into them, and sometimes they put me off. But I’m not willing to put this one away yet because I really enjoyed the few chapters I did read.

I mentioned the Millennium series. I’ve been getting the original trilogy by Stieg Larsson on Overdrive on audiobook, and that’s been working out great for me. This is a re-read, but it’s the first time I’ve listened to the audiobooks. Right now I’m on the third and final book, The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I love this series! I haven’t read and don’t plan to read the newer books written by someone else.

The book I’m most actively reading is Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. This is the only book I’m reading in hard copy! I actually won it in a Goodreads giveaway. I’m struggling a bit with the stories because they’re so full of abuse, and there’s only been one story I really enjoyed. But I’m going to finish the collection.

Finally, I wanted to read something from my backlog of NetGalley books. I haven’t technically started it yet, but I marked it on Goodreads: The End We Start From by Megan Hunter. It’s a short sci-fi story that comes out in November. I’m looking forward to it!

Life Update: May 20, 2017

Every week (and perhaps more often if something really interesting is going on) I’m going to come on here to make a little life update about general things. This may be a more boring post, but in it I’ll talk about lots of random bits, and you can get to know me better.

First off, I got my final grades for my final semester of my Bachelor’s Degree yesterday. Poetry Writing: A. Fiction Writing: A. American Lit: A-. Harlem Renaissance: A-. My GPA for the semester was 3.85, and my cumulative GPA equaled out to 3.7. That means I’m graduating magna cum laude. I’m very happy and proud. I tried so hard to make that happen.

I didn’t want to walk in the ceremony, but since I got my grades now, that means that I’m officially graduated. I think. I won’t receive my diploma for several weeks, though. But to celebrate my grades, I went out to dinner last night. It was fun and delicious.

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an Island Sunset Sangria

I’m still applying to jobs as often as I can. One day I even applied to eight! I want to go into higher education administration, but my first job has to be entry-level and somewhat local. I live in Connecticut, and I’m willing to drive 40 minutes. I could also work in New York City and take the train down. However, in my need for a job, I’m also applying to some I’m overqualified for, such as administrative assistants in industry positions, like finance, construction, or medicine. I’m just looking for something to get me working.

When I’m not stressing about that, I’m playing some video games. Usually it’s The Sims 4 on my PC, but it’s been glitching a lot lately. I thought I found a fix, but then the same thing started happening. It’s frustrating when I do it relax. I also like to play Skyrim on my PS4.

I’m also trying to read more, though I’m not having much luck. I’m trying to get through Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. It’s a struggle, which is disappointing because I thought I would really enjoy this collection of short stories. I think there’s been only one story that I really enjoyed. On audiobook, I’m listening to The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Lastly, I hope to start one of my NetGalley books soon.

Another thing I’ve been doing in the past week or so is submitting a story I’ve written this last semester to a bunch of journals/magazines for publication. I haven’t heard back from any of them, and I’m anxious about it.

I took two creative writing courses this past semester, so I was writing a lot. Since going back to college in 2014, I haven’t had much time to write for me. Thinking about it now, I don’t think I’ve written a single word that wasn’t for class or a project tied up with school in some way. I want to get back into writing and use my creativity. I feel like I have a lot of stories to tell. I don’t want to wait until the perfect moment, but I also don’t want to feel bogged down by one project (finding a job) when I really want to do well on another (writing a story) or both. I’ve heard time and again that it’s important to carve out time and make yourself write everyday no matter what. Perhaps I’ll start a regimen.

Similarly, I want to start exercising more. This isn’t about losing weight specifically. (I’m fat in case you didn’t know, and I’ve been that way my whole life.) It’s about working my body. I’ve never been very active, but while in school, I was walking across campus all the time. Now, I have virtually no reason to walk much at all.

Because I want to change my routine to include these things, I’ve considered starting a bullet journal. This would help me stay really organized and on top of every little thing I want to get done. However, I have no idea where to start with them! I have to do research.